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Worlds crash ends Fränk Schleck’s season

Fränk Schleck will end his 2011 season following his crash in the world road race championships Sunday. Schleck pulled out of the race after the crash, which came about halfway through the race. “The crash happened in the front of the peloton. At first, I…

2011 UCI World Road Championships, crash in men's elite road race.
Fränk Schleck will end his 2011 season following his crash in the world road race championships Sunday.

Schleck pulled out of the race after the crash, which came about halfway through the race.

“The crash happened in the front of the peloton. At first, I thought I would be able to avoid hitting the asphalt, but riders came sliding in from behind and took me down. I immediately felt a harsh pain in my right hand and had to abandon the race.”

A first scan of the right hand showed that it was not broken, but heavily bruised. Because Schleck’s left knee started swelling as well, another MRI-scan on Tuesday was needed. This scan showed a contusion of the knee, with a lot of fluid around the ligaments, according to the team.

Schleck will not be competing in the post-Worlds races in Italy he was scheduled to ride.